The return of Batman bin Suparman

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Back in 2008, an image got passed around the blogosphere showing the Singaporean identity card of one Batman bin Suparman. I broke down the name in a Language Log post (my first after the great LL changeover). Since then, I hadn't thought much of young Batman, but today brought the sad news that he had been jailed on theft and drug charges.

That gave me an excuse to return to the 2008 post and freshen it up a bit for Slate's Lexicon Valley blog, so head over there for the latest. As part of Language Log's partnership with Lexicon Valley, some past LL posts have been featured on the Slate blog with minor updates. (I've contributed a few other golden oldies, including posts on meh, WTF, and early obscenicons.)

[Update: BBC News has picked up the story, quoting me.]


  1. Rubrick said,

    November 12, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    He was framed! This has got Thé Jokar's fingerprints all over it.

  2. Michael W said,

    November 12, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

    No, the Jokar is Gone.

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